The Fish Tracking System


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The Fish Tracking System TM is a fishing log system written for personal computers running Windows®

XP with SP2 or Vista operating systems. Ideal for anglers that want to keep records of their fishing

activities and for competitive fishing game planning, it’s much more than a logbook

 

The basic concept is simple. After each fishing trip you enter when and where you fished, the weather

and water conditions, patterns fished, and catch results by angler and species of fish. Tournament

anglers looking for an additional advantage can also enter the catch results of the top finishers in each

tournament. You’ll soon have a database that can be analyzed to determine the best fishing patterns,

locations, lures, anglers, species, and so on. More about ‘what is best’ in a moment. The system is

organized by its main menu into three functional sections. They are Identification, Fishing Log, and

Performance Analysis sections.

 

Identification Section
The Identification section is where user-defined data elements are entered once and stored. It is up to

you to specify any or all of the following: Locations, sub-locations, angler’s names, pattern elements

(location type, water flow, cover type, depth range, lure presentation, and lure retrieve), species of fish,

lure name, lure color and lure size. This scheme supports any kind of fishing. These data elements are

important. Location type, for example, can contain values for lake situations indicating “Creek Mouth”,

“Back of Slough”, “Main Channel”, “Creek Bend” and the like. Water flow can be used to indicate tides

for coastal locations, generating status for hydropower generating lakes, or water volume for rivers and

streams. They are all accessed in the fishing log by Windows-style, drop-down, list boxes.

 

The Fishing Log
The fishing log is where all the data representing your fishing activities is entered into the system. You

begin by mouse-clicking the calendar icon to bring up the calendar window to select a date. This

calendar is perpetual and scrollable to any month, day, or year. The calendar also facilitates transferring

the information from a manual fishing log if you’ve been keeping one. The Moon’s phase is instantly

calculated and captured. The location fished is then selected from a list box. Clicking the “Next” button

always takes you to the next screen for the logical sequence of input. “Next”, the sub-location

representing the exact area fished is selected. With the sub-location, the time, the weather conditions,

and the water conditions are selected. “Next”, the anglers are selected. “Next”, the pattern is selected

that the selected angler used at the given sub-location. “Next”, the lure and fish species information is

selected along with the quantity and weight information for that lure/species combination. What the

system really has here is a multi-dimensional database. For a date and location there can be an

unlimited number of sub-locations. For each sub-location, there can be an unlimited number of anglers,

and so on, with patterns, species, and lures. To visualize it, think of an organizational chart or tree

structure lying on its side.

 

There is really a lot of detailed information that goes into the fishing log database, much of it is optional.

But, the system performs a few tricks to make data entry quick and painless. First of all, if a new lure is

used or a new location is fished, it can be added on the fly. With the fishing log opened, any data

element added through the Identification programs will be automatically added to the log entry.

Secondly, all the data elements accessed through list boxes are sequenced by their “last use” date for the

given location. This puts the most recently used data at the top of the lists. Lastly, with some smart

defaulting logic, a lot of the data is automatically entered for you. For example, when a sub-location is

entered, the weather and water conditions are loaded with the values last used for the sub-location. Only

the differences have to be changed. And, when a lure is entered, the color and size last used is

automatically loaded along with the species last caught and the presentation and retrieve last used.

Again, only the differences have to be changed.

 

In addition to the structured information, the fishing log has a free form diary for note taking or expense

tracking and you can post your digital photos with a fishing log entry. If you’re going on an extended

road-trip without your PC, the system prints fishing log input sheets that can be used for recording your

data for later input.


Performance Analysis

The Performance Analysis section is where the serious research is done. Statistical summaries can be

performed by locations, sub-locations, angler’s names, pattern elements (location type, water flow,

cover type, depth range, lure presentation, and lure retrieve), species of fish, lure name, lure color, lure

size, year, month and moon phase. That list includes each Identification category plus a few extras.

The real power of this analysis becomes evident when Database Selection Criteria is applied to filter the

analysis to a particular portion of the database. Each field or data element in The Fish Tracking

System’s database can be used as selection criteria. For quantitative fields, like water temperature or

barometric pressure, you can select a range of values.

 

Here’s how it’s used. Say there’s a tournament coming up and you want to prepare your game plan.

First, add to the selection criteria the conditions that you know will exist at the time of the tournament.

That might be the moon’s phase, water temperature range, barometric conditions (weather front status),

a date range ten days either side of the tournament date, and so on. Then, run the pattern analysis

program. The pattern summaries are then displayed for the conditions you specified. You will see the

average weights, biggest fish, the number of fish and weight per visit, the number of fish and weight per

hour and more by pattern. Now, here’s where ‘what is best’ comes into play. If best for you is which

pattern produces the biggest fish, click the Biggest Fish column-heading button and the patterns are

sorted to show the best pattern for the biggest fish first in the list. Click the Average Weight button and

they are sorted in best average weight sequence. If you’re just taking a youngster fishing and want to

insure plenty of action, click the Number of Fish button and the pattern maximizing the number of fish

caught will be displayed first. Once you’ve selected the top patterns, you can add the pattern to the

selection criteria and perform the Lure analysis to show which lure works best given that pattern. The

Performance Analysis output can be displayed on the screen or printed. Color-coded charts and graphs

representing the results can also be displayed or printed. With eighteen different performance categories

factored by the database selection criteria, there are virtually an unlimited number of queries that can be

performed.

 

 

 
 

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